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Alex Kanter papers

Identifier: umja0196

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence between Kanter and various public figures, such as Hubert H. Humphery, as well as Kanter's writings and materials defending tolerance and religious freedom. A scrapbook has news clippings from Kanter's time as a lawyer and work with the Jewish War Veterans. Additionally, there are newsclippings relating to Fania Kanter, Alex's sister.


  • 1917-1974

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Alex Kanter was born in Russia and a prominent Minneapolis attorney for over forty years. He was commander of Minneapolis Post 166 of the Jewish War Veterans- deputy national judge advocate (served in the Pioneer Infantry), vice-president of Arthur Brin lodge, B'nai B'rith, member of Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Jewish Community Relations Council, and Amicus, an organization that helps former convicts. Affiliated with the Progressive movement since 1914, Alex ran for Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner twice, but lost both times. He wrote many letters-to-the-editor, and essays about defending tolerance and religious freedom. Fania Kanter, Alex's sister, was president of the auxiliary to Jewish War Veterans.


.5 Cubic Feet (1 half Hollinger Box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of materials relating to Kanter's work in law, writing, and running for public office.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

1080 - Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Iric Nathanson in May 2009

Alex Kanter papers, 1917-1974
Ashley Skwiera
December 2022
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Collecting Area Details

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